In a move designed to encourage all Kentucky citizens to focus on land stewardship and gardening, Mrs. Beshear has made the gardening plans available at all Kentucky state cooperative extension offices. That's a swell way of supporting her own example. And Mrs. Beshear is hyper political about her garden; she's emphasizing the environmental aspect of the project:
“Leading by example is imperative for teaching Kentuckians how to live more sustainable, environmentally friendly lifestyles,” said Mrs. Beshear in a presser. “The average meal in the
Fossil fuels are a big subject of contention in Kentucky, where mountain-top strip mining for coal is devastating the land. Mrs. Beshear and Governor Steve Beshear have been big supporters of Kentucky's very activist environmentalists, which have at their center supernova Wendell Berry, a world renowned writer and environmental/agricultural activist, who has worked his Lane's Landing farm, in Henry County, Ky, since 1965, while also teaching at University of Kentucky (in photo). Mr. Berry is the author of more than forty books, among these path breaking tomes on the relationship of agriculture to the larger American culture, and the need for sustainability and land stewardship. He's written extensively about how personal and community behavior...such as gardening and supporting small and family farms...impacts both. On March 2, Mr. Berry led the first environmental rally of the Obama era, at the Capitol Coal Fire power plant in DC (his call to action is here). And Mr. Berry's theory of "solving for pattern" could well be a blueprint for the Obama administration; it's the process of finding solutions that solve multiple problems, while minimizing the creation of new problems. Mrs. Beshear is taking this theory to heart, too, with a whole platform of sustainability and environmental issues for Kentucky, which has been developed while her husband has been in office; her Governor's Garden is the latest among these initiatives.
*Photos from Mrs. Beshear's KYFirstLady Flickr. Berry photo by Michael Jenks.